There are many of us who enjoy doing occasional DIY projects around the house. After all, everything that you manage to do on your own means one less person you have to pay to get the job done for you. Owning a house or an apartment isn’t cheap and they require a lot of attention.
There is something fulfilling and even entertaining in doing different repairs in your home, but it’s important to know what you can and can’t do alone. Some repairs require more experience, knowledge, and better equipment, otherwise, you’re risking exacerbating the problem and injuring yourself. Of course, there are some smaller, minor repairs you can try and do yourself and today we’re going to talk about those.
First, start by preparing your essential toolbox. It should include some basic tools that you can use for some smaller repairs and maintenance work such as screwdriver set, claw hammer, pliers, adjustable wrench, tape measure, level, utility knife, flashlight, electric drill, and a hack saw.
Painting a single wall, an entire room, or the whole apartment is time-consuming, but it isn’t particularly dangerous and you can easily find some tutorials, if you need them, that will prepare you for the job. Painting, if done well, can not only make your room look better but it can increase the value of your home as well.
However, a bad painting job will leave marks, scratches and visible spatters. Painting requires some basic equipment and research, but it can be done quickly and easily. Remove all of the obstacles and things you don’t want to get your paint on, protect the floors, and clean the walls prior to painting. You can find advice and tutorials on how to go about different home DIY projects on Plumb and Lined.
A broken toilet lever
Broken toilet lever can be a serious problem, but fortunately, it’s pretty easy to fix. Often, you can just open the tank and reattach the chain. In the majority of cases, that should do the trick, but if the handle is corroded or some of the pieces that connect the handle to the flapper are broken, they should be replaced which is also pretty easy to do and shouldn’t be too expensive.
Unclog a toilet
All you need is a good plunger. There is usually no need to call a plumber for this job as you can easily do it yourself. However, make sure you’re using the right kind of plunger as there are two types of plungers: sink plunger and a toilet plunger. The majority of minor clogs should be fixed this way, but if it doesn’t work, you can try with the auger. Run the auger into the toilet and wait until the end of it reaches the clog then pull it out.
Fix a drain that’s leaking
The leaks usually happen in the kitchen and bathroom sinks. Turn the water off, place the bucket under it, and twist off the compression nuts. After the washer has been replaced, you can screw it back in and use the sink as usual.